December 25th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

21 vehicles in accident on interstate in Oklahoma

[Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET] Interstate 40 westbound has now been opened after it was shut following a 21-vehicle accident at  2:50 a.m. CT (3:50 ET).

[Posted at 7:51 a.m. ET] An interstate has been shut down for two miles this morning in a suburb of Oklahoma City after more than 20 vehicles crashed in an accident that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says likely was caused by freezing rain.

The chain-reaction-style accident occurred on Interstate 40 westbound in Del City, Oklahoma, and involved 21 vehicles, including three big rigs, Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher Kerri Markey told CNN. The accident took place at 2:50 a.m. CT (3:50 ET).

Markey said an unknown number of people have been transported to a hospital with injuries characterized as not life-threatening.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they do not know when the highway will reopen.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Gun Crazy

    These transportaion devices clearly aren't safe. Let's support a ban on Winter driving =)

    December 25, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      WHAT 'ISN'T SAFE'...is STUPID 4-WHEELERS....TEXTING while FLYING down the Highway...CUTTING OFF Semis!...TRYING to SHOVE OVER an 80,000 RIG because the 4-wheeler is Flying onto the Interstate and WE BIG STUPID TRUCKS should get the Hell out of 'YOUR' way!? Yield Signs and MERGE signs mean..they mustve had a SALE on Black Paint? GIVE us the Finger!! BLIND us with your BRIGHT lights! OH yes..that little Blue Light on your dash that WE CAN SEE WHEN You PASS US...must mean the COFFEE is done?! TAILGATE a Semi~! When a DEER or something ELSE happens in front of a Semi..WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU and YOUR FAMILY will be?! Oh...but..BIG TRUCKS FAULT!!!! We are bringing YOU EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE! WE CAN'T STOP or MANEUVER these Big Trucks like YOU can a CAR! Want to come foe a RIDE??!! Bring a Camera...and plenty of 'clean shorts'!

      December 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. empresstrudy

    Outlaw snow now end the carnage.

    December 25, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill Doc

    No we need more Ice we need Ice on all our roads to be safer

    December 25, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Driver Ed

    Here are some simple driver safety tips:
    Never drink from containers larger than 44 oz. while driving. Large containers block your view.
    Always wear a bib while driving and eating a triple cheezburger. Juices from the burger can drip-down your chest and distract you.
    Limit the number of times you turn-around and threaten your children while driving to less-than 50 times per day. Studies show an increased risk of having an accident after 50. (incl. child having accident in pants)

    December 25, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. RonPaulsMinorityAmericanXMASAgenda

    Congo (DRC) has witnessed consecutive civil wars between 1996 and 2003 that have claimed an estimated five million lives, making it the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. word picture

    Rear-view mirror filled with medicated tailgater on your ass doing 75mph.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wake-up Colorado!

    Rear-view mirror filled with two recreational users of marijuanna driving their mom's brand-new Honda Accord passing a joint back-and-forth @75mph on your ass.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rule of Thumb following distance

    There are no rules of thumb that apply to medicated drivers.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rule of Thumb following distance

    Nor for armed and medicated.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Police Dispatch :Medical Miami (new TV series)

    "Dispatch to all available squadcars. Code 457b slash 97m. Armed and medicated at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Check with MD for permission to pursue. Over."

    December 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wayne

    Kathy:

    usually the big rigs are cutting me off, or tailgating me on a single lane as I am already over the speed limit, flashing high beams while tail gating...

    Big rig drivers these days (in Canada at least) are terrible; mostly south asian immigrants.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Police Dispatch :Medical Miami (new TV series)

    Sorry. I repeat, Sorry. All available officers eating happy meals at school. Over.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Get-it @any TruckStop

    American truck drivers are the best drivers on the road. Most of you simply lack the mental capacity to learn how to even back-up a 48 ft. trailer w/o killing small children.
    It's drivers with increased reaction times that are the roadkillers among US.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Get-it @any TruckStop

    But yeah, some truckdrivers are like zombies. Some are really strange dudes doing all sorts of crazy stuff.

    December 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Get-it @any TruckStop

    I drove trucks as a younger man working in the oilfield. I was 19 driving a 1964 Kenworth 335 with button in my injector pump (i could cruise at 105 mph weighing 80,000 lbs) Anyway, at this truckstop in Casper WYO, this trucker dude offered me cash to sleep with his wife! NOT professional courtesy at all!! Get these weirdos off our roads. ty

    December 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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